Faith briefs for the week of July 28

KiC ROCKS students at Farmington Lutheran Church make cookies for the Farmington police and fire departments during Vacation Bible School. Photo submitted.

VBS service projects in Farmington
Three hundred kids and adults joined together last week for Farmington Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School. The kids learned that they were created by God and built for a purpose.

The KiC ROCKS (Kids in Christ: Radically Outstanding Christian Kids in Service), made up of fourth- and fifth-graders, took part in many service projects throughout the week. The group:

• Put together 82 chemo bags that will be given to the Ronald McDonald House.

• Baked cookies and made thank you cards for the Farmington police and fire departments.

• Helped collect hundreds of pounds of food for the Farmington Food Shelf.

• Helped collect money for the ELCA Good Gifts Water Project, which helps people throughout the world have clean drinking water.

• Collected stuffed animals for Trinity Care Center.

• Helped with gardening.

For more information about Farmington Lutheran, visit

Women’s luncheon
Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its August luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at GrandStay Hotel & Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Speaker Gina Stanley will share “When Your Plans Fall Apart,” the saga of calling off her wedding 30 days prior. Pam Walters, crime prevention specialist with the Apple Valley Police Department, will share safety and security facts.

Cost is $17.50. Reservations/cancellations: Jan at 651-434-5795 or [email protected]. Sponsored by Stonecroft,

Community meals at Grace
Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve community meals Mondays, Aug. 7 and 28. Dining hall doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served from 6-6:30 p.m.

These meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted.

For more information, call the church at 952-432-7273. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42.

Community dinners in Burnsville
Episcopal Church of Nativity holds community dinners 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All are welcome to share a meal.

Sloppy joes are served the first Wednesday of each month. Pasta is served the second Wednesday. Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers are served the third Wednesday. Tacos are served the fourth Wednesday.

The church is at 15601 Maple Island Road, Burnsville. Call 952-435-8687 for more information.

Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will offer Kids Camp Aug. 7-11. Open to all area children, the day camp will be held 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5. The church is located at 14401Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley.

The camp will feature outdoor activities, games, craft projects, songs, Bible stories and healthy snacks. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist.

A special program is planned Thursday, Aug. 10, including a 6 p.m. potluck picnic. The meal will be followed by entertainment by the children and a campfire. All families and friends of the campers and of the church are invited.

Registration forms are on the church’s website ( Scholarships are available, and parents should submit their requests to Pastor Rob Smith at [email protected] Parents with questions about the camp may call the church office at 952-423-2212.

In addition, the church will present a free Kids Carnival for the community 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The carnival will feature such games as ring toss and bean bag toss as well as a rubber ducky pond, a cake walk, an obstacle course and a “bouncy house.”

Also, Spirit of Life will hold a special outdoor worship service, featuring the church’s Jazz Band, 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.

Expanded garage sale at Ascension
Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 1801 E. Cliff Road, Burnsville, will hold its second annual garage sale Aug. 3-5. The sale has expanded to more rooms and will have more furniture.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 3 and 4; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 5, with half price and bag sales for clothing and books.

More information is at

Garage sale at Rosemount church
Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 14980 Diamond Path, Rosemount, will hold its annual garage sale Aug. 2-4.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 4 ($5 bag sale on most items).

Coffee sales change lives
The Berean Cafe at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville is proof that all it takes to make an impact on your community is a cup of coffee. Sales of coffee from City Kid Java, a social enterprise run by nonprofit organization Urban Ventures in Minneapolis, have grossed more than $5,250 in donations to Urban Ventures over the past year.

“By volunteering here, you’re actually giving back to the community,” said cafe manager Jenny Munson. Munson had always envisioned a multi-functioning space where people could gather for fellowship, food, and great coffee while simultaneously meeting the needs of others. Partnering with City Kid Java was the perfect way to do just that.

City Kid Java provides comprehensive coffee services to more than 100 organizations across the Twin Cities using sustainably grown and micro-batch roasted grounds. Proceeds directly benefit local youth through Urban Ventures programs aimed at breaking the cycle of inner-city poverty, building community, developing leaders, and making a lasting impact on individuals.

“Berean Baptist Church is all about transformed lives, and meeting needs is among our primary ministries,” said Kay Larson, managing director of church operations. “What a blessing it is to know that our partnership with City Kid Java is truly making a difference.”

Berean Cafe, recipient of the 2016 Solomon Award for Best Church Design in the category of gathering and community spaces, was conceived from repurposed space by architectural firm Station 19. The cafe offers City Kid Java and a variety of other menu items before and after the 5 p.m. service on Saturdays, 7:45 a.m. to noon Sundays, and 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Berean Baptist Church is located at 309 County Road 42 E., Burnsville. More information is at

Summer Salon at Burnsville church
Summer Salon, a chamber concert of classical music, will be presented 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th St., Burnsville. A silent auction will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Julie Amacher, Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s host and producer, will host the evening of chamber music. Featured participants are cellist Valerie Kahler and violinist Andrea Blain (classical MPR hosts), the Dolce Wind Quintet, pianist and composer John Kuntz and soprano Shruthi Rajasekar.

A donation of $20, checks and cash only, is suggested. Concert proceeds will support church music and worship programs.

The event is open to the community. For more information, call 952-890-7877.

Guest speaker at Spirit of Life
Apple Valley’s Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will host a second guest speaker, Shannon (Skelly) Schott, on the problem of human trafficking. The event is scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, July 31.

Schott, formerly of Eagan, is lead program specialist with Teens Against Human Trafficking, a program of the Iowa nonprofit YSS Inc. She will introduce attendees to human trafficking in the Midwest, with a focus on the youth perspective.

Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming and control and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Attendees will also learn what risk factors make young people more vulnerable to trafficking. Finally, Schott will describe efforts to prevent human trafficking and to identify victims in schools and youth-serving organizations.

Schott is a 2012 graduate of Eagan High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict, where she was active in social justice issues.

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 952-423-2212.